(((( NG ))))
I totally agree about saving a portion of the quilt it possible, rather than losing the whole thing. Hopefully a restoration place can help with the pictures.
And I completely agree about not spending ANY time boxing or organizing his stuff. It only needs to go into ONE sort: yours (keep) and his (bag). If he doesn't come get the bags by the deadline you set, they are trash. Since I'm new here I've not seen all your posts and don't know your entire circumstance, but it sounds like this is all stuff he left behind, aka "abandoned." Don't put more effort into his crap than he did!
Because most important here, is your TIME.
Every minute you are sorting out crap for him is a minute you are not living for YOU.
"You've always had the power, my dear.You just had to learn it for yourself." Glinda, Wizard of Oz
Doing the happy dance for you!
So glad that you got inspiration from this thread. These SIers are amazing; I didn't even pick up on the factthat you were carefully packing up his stuff.
Hope you find something that is not damaged - you will definitely have to post about it.
P.S. What percentage of the garage have you gone through?
The kids & I are having fun imagining what we'd like to do with the space. It's a two-car garage, only packed full of boxes. We've been thinking we'd like to make room for our car again, but then what should we do with the other side? We've talked about making it an exercise space, or a playspace, or I don't know. It's fun to let our minds wander.
I did this with some embroidered squares that my mother had from her grandmother. I added solid squares and some squares that I pieced. I added three varied size borders and then finished it. I gave the quilt to my mother.
If the pieces that can be saved are small you could add and make a hanging from it. Any way to save a bit of your history.
2 Ddays and lots of TT
Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we're going. (Criminal Minds)
I saw him, I could not unsee him. -StrongButBroken
But...... does that mean that there will be no more "garage" threads?
Sounds like you and the kids are well off to your new beginning WRT the garage - enjoy! You. have. earned. every. bit. of it.!!!!!!
I am too good of a person to deliberately destroy his stuff, but I will at least not care at all if he has to open every damn box to find what he might be looking for.
I am with you on that. When I was packing my POS's stuff I had to fight my OCD to pack it neatly and organized. I was able to at least just throw it in boxes with no labels, no organization, no tape on the boxes, nothing. It wasn't destroyed as I couldn't do that, but from my OCD perspective it was a disaster, and I could live with that knowing he wouldn't be able to find anything easily.
You're doing great NG!
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man, ~ Shakespeare
The only sorting I did when packing my XWH's stuff was to take every card he'd ever given me - anniversary, valentines, etc - and put them all neatly in a hanging folder labeled "LIES YOU TOLD."
Don't throw that entire quilt out yet....see what you can salvage from it.
It seems as if each discovery is another caliber of what he is capable of?
I would imagine that you are documenting it and/or taking pictures of your damaged items?
The times, they are'a changin'! -Bob Dylan